Nails: OPI Germany Collection

23 September 2012

OPI Germany Collection Polishes in (L-R): Berlin There Done That, Nein Nein Nein OK Fine and Don't Pretzel My Buttons - £11 each

Ahh it is lovely to be back blogging - although I am missing the sunshine, despite only being back from France for three days. I have (with sadness, but also a little bit of joy at the prospect of wearing layers and Christmas approaching) accepted the fact that autumn is well and truly here. Sunday's are generally my pampering day anyway, but given how miserable today's been there was nothing I'd rather do than sit and paint my nails in a nice autumnal shade.

I tend to avoid OPI Collections because they always seem really hit and miss, but when I saw the shade range in their 'Germany' collection I couldn't resist. Firstly, I love the theme and polish names because it reminds me of the German market they always had in November back at uni, and secondly because the colours are right up my street - lovely neutrals.

I initially just popped 'Nein Nein Nein OK Fine' and 'Berlin There Done That' in to my basket, but inevitably I couldn't avoid 'Don't Pretzel My Buttons', and this latter polish has quickly become my favourite. A combination of the three has been on my nails ever since they arrived, and I'm just in love. Nein Nein Nein is such a nice deep teal (a colour which I've been after for a while), and Berlin There is a really nice slate grey. I'm sure there are plenty of dupes out there for these two, but sometimes it's just lovely to treat yourself! Don't Pretzel My Buttons has actually overtaken Revlon's Grey Suede as my all time favourite polish...I'll definitely be popping a backup in my basket during my next Asos shop.

Other than the colours available in this collection - which you can probably tell by now I love - I can't get over how amazing the formulas of these polishes are. In the past I've found OPI polishes to need three coats and chip within a couple of days, but all three of these polishes take two coats each. On the chipping front, I put Don't Pretzel My Buttons on on the Saturday before I went to France, and got back the following Thursday with minimal chipping on the tips of my nails - impressive.

Overall I'm really pleased with my polishes, and something tells me a few more from the range will be making it in to my collection. Has anything in the Germany collection taken your fancy? What's your favourite autumn shade?

Skin Care: French Pharmacie Haul

22 September 2012

I have been a pretty terrible blogger this month...only one post (oops!), but I'm back now. I do have my excuses though, work has been busy busy busy, and I nipped off down to the south of France for a few days of much needed sun, sand and sleeping. Given that I'm going through a little skin care obsession at the moment, I couldn't wait to hit up a French pharmacy. I was surprised by how many there was scattered around Biarritz, and I may have dragged my family around four or five...

I haven't provided prices and links just because I couldn't be bothered trawling through the net, but I'll be posting a few individual reviews in the near future so I'll have a search for them then. Although most of these products are available online over here, it was amazing to be able to walk in to a shop in a small town and find them all stocked there, as a lot of the items are ridiculously difficult to get over here. Caudalie was actually the hardest brand to track down (there was only one pharmacy that I came across that stocked it), but I've come home to find a Boots in the next city to me that stocks it now, result!

I only originally meant to pick up the Caudalie bits (I wanted a giant elixir as I have a baby one at home already, but couldn't find it anywhere :(), the Phyto shampoo, and the nuxe lip balm, as I'd read such promising reviews on them. I was blown away by the range of products I saw though, I wish I'd researched more before I went! They are definitely big fans of Avene over in France, and after seeing so many of their products I'm probably going to pick up one of their cleansers in Boots. Everything else was bought on a bit of a whim, although so far I'm not disapponted by anything I've tried. I'm surprised by how much I've enjoyed using the embryolisse as I was pretty skeptical of it, but I've used it so far as a primer, and I can see it being a great winter moisturiser - how cold is it already?! This was a bargain too, only 13 euros (around £11) for 75ml, whilst it's £17.50 plus delivery to purchase on guru makeup emporium in the UK.

This was a bit of a pointless post really, but I love being nosey and I love skin care so I figured a few of you may appreciate it too...So, what have I missed whilst I've been away?! And what are your top skin care picks?

Skin Care: Alpha H Liquid Gold

1 September 2012

This is all over blogger right now (with good reason), but I just wanted to throw my two-penneth in! I've recently overhauled my entire skin care routine, and after recommendations from Caroline and Anna - which are two of my favourite and most trusted blogs - I decided to throw this in to the mix as a twice weekly treatment.

I'm not great at the sciencey stuff, but from what I can gather Liquid Gold contains glycolic (also known as fruit) acid, which acts as a natural exfoliant - so basically, this stuff scrubs off the top layer of dead cells from your face. I was initially absolutely terrified by the idea of putting acid on my face - acid, seriously?! - but after clearing my acne up and being left with a load of scarring I needed some form of solution.

I've been using this for about a month now and I couldn't sing its praises any more. The 'liquid gold' comes out as a clear, runny liquid, that I sweep all over my face on a cotton pad. After how amazing the results were after the first night of using this I was a bit cheeky and used it 3 times a week, but I'm trying to go back to twice a week now. After every use I wake up with glowing smooth skin, and my scarring is becoming more and more reduced.

Please keep in mind that my skin is oily, and although quite sensitive, I can get away with most products. I can't comment on how this would work for dry, super ensitive skin (although my sister suffers from eczema and is really keen to try it). I'm not exactly sure where you'd get a sample of this and it's a pricey product to splurge on, but I absolutely love it. It's given me such great results and it'll definitely remain a part of my evening routine.

Have you tried any Alpha H products? Would you like to?